Since I was in Miami when Ryan’s birthday rolled around last year, I wanted to make up for it, in a way, this year! I started with the cake (the way to a man’s heart, some say): I knew that I wanted to make something big, bold, and METALLIC. The last cake that I made him was great (and was even featured in a magazine), but it was from a box and I knew I could do better.
I had the idea in my head to do a metallic cake and when I came across this post on The Cake Blog via Pinterest, I KNEW that a mix of metal tones and the dramatic drip and height of the chocolate sails were just what I needed to blow Ryan’s socks off for his birthday.
Now. Guys. Cake making takes a village. I enlisted Lovesome Foods for a pre-made – but handmade – cake mix (think boxed cake but not gross and made with love) and her expertise in everything from buttercream to how the hell to do all of this without a stand mixer. I BEG you, if you’re going to try this, know that it can be done without a mixer but it will just take a little time and one of your biceps will likely end up bigger than the other.
For the cake I needed:
- Pre-made dry mix from Lovesome Foods
*More details to come on that, I hope. This cake was SO good and she needs to sell her mix for sure.
For the frosting I needed:
- All the butter
- Whipping Cream
- Icing Sugar
*I followed this recipe but did it by hand. Ouch.
For the ganache I needed:
- 350g dark chocolate (84%)
- 150g whipping cream
- Warm milk
- A miracle
*My ganache was a disaster and it separated and I almost gave up, but I saved it with a bit of warm milk and a pep talk from my sister. There are a million ganache recipes out there, I suggest digging one up that’s suitable for your climate and ingredients on hand and going from there!
For the sails I needed:
- 200g dark chocolate (tempered)
- Gold dust
- Parchment Paper
Putting this together was pretty much: layer, crumb coat, frost, coat with gold dust, top with ganache, ADD ALL THE CANDY, pray I don’t knock it over before Ryan sees it. The hardest bit was the gold dust, so if you skip that it’s a pretty straightforward cake! (If you know what you’re doing.) (Which I didnt. Ha.)
This was a lot of work but SO much fun and I was so excited to serve it to Ryan. He loves chocolate and he deserves the best and most tasty birthday cakes forever and ever amen so that’s why this is a bit over the top,. 😉
Once I was finished, I basically backed away slowly and shut all the windows lest a falcon or something fly into the house and knock the cake over. Active imagination aside, I was terrified that it would collapse or get knocked over or suffer some other catastrophic event. Luckily, it survived until it was time for candles and Ryan ended up loving it. So, mission accomplished!
Happy birthday, Ryan! You are the absolute best!